Regional HR Manager in Superior, WI at Barko Hydraulics LLC

Date Posted: 9/17/2022

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    Superior, WI
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Job Description

The Company

Barko Hydraulics, LLC (Barko) is part of the Industrial Technologies Group (ITG) of The Heico Companies. Barko is a developer, manufacturer, and distributor of innovative heavy equipment solutions for the forestry, site prep, and material handling industries. Tough, dependable, and powerful since 1963. Barko is headquartered in Superior, Wisconsin, and is committed to delivering exceptional productivity and quality at a lower total cost of ownership. Barko's line of forestry equipment includes harvesters, feller bunchers, processors, loaders, grapples, industrial wheeled tractors, and more. For more information, visit

Barko Hydraulics is an affiliate of The Heico Companies, a family-owned business and parent holding company for a diverse portfolio of manufacturing, construction, and industrial services businesses.  Since its founding over 40 years ago, The Heico Companies L.L.C. has had a history of success as we’ve grown from a single business to over 70 separate companies and 10,000 employees.

The Position

The Regional HR Manager will serve as a key business partner for three companies (Superior, WI, Houghton, MI and New Iberia, LA).  This position facilitates the development of a positive culture and is responsible for securing and maintaining a productive, diverse, and engaged workforce comprised of the best talent. This highly visible role provides a broad range of HR support to leadership functions and effectively maintains the integrity and quality in areas of employee relations and development, labor relations, performance management, succession planning, as well as talent engagement and retention strategies.

Key Performance Areas

Talent Management     

  • Partner with the President and functional managers to ensure proper workforce planning as well as role and responsibility alignment
  • Collaborate with Platform HR Director and Corporate Talent Acquisition Manager to develop and execute creative recruitment and pipeline building strategies to attract solid talent and future “People Leaders”; primarily source candidates through internal ATS, company social media sites and other company sponsored tools
  • Manage full cycle recruiting responsibilities such as maintaining job descriptions and FLSA classifications, delivering pre-hire skills testing, tracking key talent acquisition metrics, and conducting productive exit interviews
  • Develop, schedule and facilitate the new employee onboarding and integration process
  • Identify and drive learning and development efforts to build and support the growth of top talent within the organization

Employee Relations

  • Serve as a primary compliance partner and consultant to leaders regarding employee relations
  • Partner with managers on leadership and employee development initiatives
  • Support and assist in the diligent and timely response to internal Ethics Helpline investigations as an advisor and investigator
  • Coordinate with Legal Counsel on training to ensure Company compliance

Performance Management

  • Communicate and administer an on-going performance management program using company delivered tools
  • Drive strategies to develop bench-strength and succession plans
  • Partner with leaders on all corrective action, PIP’s, IDP’s and goal setting

Total Rewards

  • Serve as a consultative partner both to employees and leadership regarding benefits, compensation and recognition
  • Hold and manage the annual employee open enrollment presentations
  • Communicate and facilitate the leave of absence program in conjunction with an external vendor
  • Monitor wage and hour rules, ensuring uniformity of compensation protocols and compliance with federal, state and local laws
  • Champion people initiatives - create employee recognition awards/events to increase engagement and boost retention
  • Collaborate with Corporate EHS on workers compensation, health and wellness initiatives
  • Leads the payroll process for all three companies.
  • Reviews payroll reports prior to payroll submission; partners with shared payroll services with employee hours, status changes, and any other payroll changes to ensure timeliness & accuracy .

Job Requirements      

  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree from college or university in human resources, business management, psychology or a related field; S/PHR or SHRM S/CP certification a plus
  • 10+ years of progressive human resources experience, preferably in manufacturing, production or a related industry; 3-5 years in a supervisory level.
  • Previous experience with collectively bargained workforce a plus but not required
  • Ability to perform tactical as well as strategic work
  • Above-average proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interact with, lead and guide employees/managers at all levels and build relationships quickly
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to consolidate data into concise, executive-ready presentations and reports
  • Exceptional action and customer service orientation with the ability to multi-task and effectively prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities in a fast paced, dynamic business environment
  • Solid knowledge of employment law, regulations and statutes – compliance focused
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills as well as project management abilities
  • High level of confidentiality, professionalism and decorum
  • Ability and willingness to travel an estimated 10-15% 

Key Leadership Competencies

  • Commitment to EHS – The HR Manager must continually demonstrate an unequivocal commitment to the highest standards of health and safety for the workforce and be a leader in ensuring the company maintains its high levels of environmental performance.
  • Unquestionable Integrity - Demonstrates the highest degree of integrity when engaging with employees, vendors and stakeholders. Leads ethically by example and fosters a culture firmly grounded in the values of the organization.
  • Strategic and Agile Thinking - Strong strategic capabilities and overall business acumen. Financially savvy and creative mindset with the ability to identify and mobilize around new opportunities very quickly.
  • Collaborative Style – Engages in problem solving and decision making. Is adept at bringing people together to tackle issues rather than dictate solutions. Has a collegial, inclusive working style and is professional and courteous. Builds strong relationships both internally and externally. Is both confident and humble.
  • Communication Skills - Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively deliver and reinforce consistent messages at all levels. Excellent listening skills.
  • Leadership Capability - Has the leadership acumen and credibility to work across the entire organization and develop talent. Should be hands-on, but able to delegate appropriately with the ability to motivate, inspire and commit an organization to a course of action and achieve results.
  • Executive Presence – Has the poise and confidence to interact with senior customer executives and the community, as well as the Heico and Pettibone LLC Executive Leadership Team.

Work Environment - This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. The employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles and moving mechanical parts.

Physical Requirements - The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a HR Generalist to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary.



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